Emmy Awards 2019: Six highlights from the ceremony

By the looks of it, the last person expecting Phoebe Waller-Bridge to sweep the board at Sunday night’s Emmy Awards was Phoebe Waller-Bridge herself.

The Fleabag creator looked genuinely shocked as she turned to her partner Martin McDonagh after being named best leading comedy actress.

It was one of four prizes the show took home, while awards for Jodie Comer and Ben Whishaw topped off a hugely successful night for UK talent.

But there were plenty of other highlights at the ceremony. Here’s a quick round-up of some of them.

1. Homer helped out with hosting

In February the Oscars opted not to have a host for the first time since 1989, instead enlisting a series of guest presenters to introduce each category.

After the host-less ceremony was widely praised by viewers and critics, Emmy organisers clearly thought “hang on a minute here” and swiftly dropped their host as well.

As a result, the 71st Primetime Emmys opened with a weird but wonderful star-studded sequence.

“Please welcome your host for the evening, Homer Simpson,” said the announcer as the ceremony began. Sure enough, the most famous father in animation took to the stage to speak… only to be immediately cut off by a giant piano falling on top of him.

The show then cut to Black-ish star Anthony Anderson, who leapt out of his seat in the audience and ran up to the stage, shouting: “Alright don’t worry, I got this, I’ll get this show back on track!

“OK, can I get a cup of coffee?” he then asked a stage manager, who handed him a takeaway cup. “What is this, man?” Anderson asked. “This isn’t Game of Thrones! No Starbucks cups on television, OK?”

The gag was a reference to the takeaway coffee cup that accidentally appeared on screen during the fantasy show’s eighth and final season earlier this year.

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